Decision details

Sports Centre Management Contract

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Decision Made

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Consideration of extension options to the existing management contract.




1.     That authority to the Director of Change and Communities in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure be delegated to negotiate and implement the agreed recommendations at detailed in the exempt appendix be approved.

2.    That enhanced performance measures alongside the contract extension with associated financial consequences for any failure to meet expected standards of customer care and cleanliness be agreed.

3.    That negotiations be undertaken to front-load capital investment into the sports centres be agreed.

4.    That any contract extension be made contingent upon an agreed phasing of revenue payments and capital spend with any failure to meet this agreement being regarded as a breach of contract be agreed.

5.    That work be undertaken to explore alternative arrangements for delivering the contract be agreed.   That reports be brought back to Cabinet as detailed below be agreed:

a.    The relative merits of contracting with a leisure operator, partnering with another authority/other authorities and in-house/arms-length provision of the contract.

b.    Options for reducing the carbon footprint of the Council’s leisure centre; and

c.     Recommendations for future leisure provision taking account of the state of the market and projected future trends and the benefits of any linkages with voluntary and community sector organisations, parish and town councils and with parks and educational settings.



To allow the continuation of sports provision across the Borough whilst maintaining a sustainable level of operation over the medium term.


Report author: Gary Stevenson

Publication date: 29/07/2021

Date of decision: 29/07/2021

Decided at meeting: 29/07/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 06/08/2021

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